1. The proper use of apostrophes with regard to possessives.
2. Dating gripes.
The first topic spun from the subject of text messaging, which was surprising since I didn't think anyone bothered with grammar when it came to text messaging. The second came up, I think, because the twelve girls thought it would be fun to put the two guys on the spot. Everyone started bringing up their biggest dating pet peeves, and within no time, we were knee deep in an analysis of that old dating stand-by: door etiquette.
1. How do you ask a girl out in her place of business?
2. How do you tell the difference between "Playing hard to get" and "She's waiting for you to just go away?"
3. What is Evangeline Lilly's phone number?
But no. We're still stuck on, "should you open the door for her to get out of the car, or just to get in?"
Here, let me solve the mystery: If you get out of the car and she's still sitting there, go open that door, too.
End of story.
Eventually the discussion wrapped back into a more general conversation about dating pet peeves, which I failed to enter officially, partly because I don't harbor a lot of "on the date" pet peeves. Most of my gripes are based in the before and after stage of the date, and that's a topic for another, more bitter post.
The other reason I didn't pipe up is because last night's discussion involved a lot of talking back and forth across the room and yelling and mini-conversations and random tangents, and in those situations, I'm a lot more likely to sit back and enjoy the ride...then write about it the next day. But for those who were curious...
Josh's Top Three "On the Date" Pet Peeves:
When you go on a date in Salt Lake City, you stand a better-than-average chance of running into someone you know over the course of the evening. When you do, the courteous thing is to introduce your date to your friend. The non-courteous thing to do is stand there and talk to your friend for a really, really long time while your nameless date stands there twiddling his/her thumbs. (Just for the record, even if you do introduce your date, you still shouldn't carry on the conversation for longer than, say, 30 seconds.)
2. Conversation Blinders
3. The Side Hug
Most of the time I'm not the kind of guy to push the physical side of the relationship. I know that sometimes it happens quicker than others. But I also understand that giving someone a hug with both arms does not constitute an amorous relationship of any legally binding degree. Now, if you're holding a purse and some leftovers in one hand when the inevitable Doorstep Scene occurs, that's one thing. But if after a month of dating you're still acting like you have nerve damage in half your body, the message you're sending is that I'm a walking meal ticket, and not much more.
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The funny thing about those dating vent sessions is I never know how to take them. As we sat there and listened to all the other girls share their horror stories the other night, Collin and I couldn't decide whether we should feel satisfied or depressed. On the one hand, we knew that there were guys out there who were screwing up a lot worse than we were. But at the same time, we were still single. I mean, if we were showing up on doorsteps an hour late with bad BO, frothing at the mouth and expecting our dates to pay for a quick run to Arby's, at least we'd have a reason for the resulting rejections.
We knew one thing though: We had the door thing down. And that has to count for something.